Summary Of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The mind seems to develop a world of its own when it is shielded from the physical
world. According to Charlotte Perkins Gilman, women who undergo mental disorders are
commonly disregarded and misdiagnosed. “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own
husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but
temporary depression…” the narrator states (p.233). The narrator makes reference to Weir’s
treatment of simple rest and restriction from usual daily activities. This kind of treatment
eventually turned horrific, as the narrator’s mental state begins to quickly decline over the course
of three months. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author uses her
own poor treatment to emphasize a...

The misdiagnosis
of women simply because of their gender was a serious problem during Gilman’s time, and
sociologically the story successfully presented that issue. Gilman effectively conveyed that
mental instability can be endured by both men and women. In addition, Gilman reflects her own
misdiagnosis through the narrator’s suffering to show her personal struggle from this. Moreover,
the narrator’s inferiority to her husband caused her voice to be unheard, thus causing her mental
state to decline. The narrator’s breach of insanity in the end expresses that she had nowhere else
to turn to free her creative mind from the overbearing controls of her husband. Her options were
narrow, and her constant confinement led her mind to take matters into its own hands. Although
the narrator’s breakthrough was horrific, Gilman incorporated the thought that shielding women
from the outside world of humanity was more harmful than helpful. A lack of individuality was a
major crisis that was going on in the story and in Gilman’s day to day life during her treatment.
The author painted a picture of internal suffrage using the story as her canvas to expose...
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